Action Breaks Silence

Who We Are

Action Breaks Silence (ABS) is an educational charity established to create a world where women and girls can live their lives free from fear of gender-based violence.

We Have Taught Over 55,000 Beneficiaries

Action Breaks Silence offers two educational programmes: the Empowerment through Self-Defence Programme for women and girls and the Hero Empathy Programme for boys which challenges gender stereotyping and builds feelings of empathy and respect towards women and girls.

These programmes are taught, free of charge, in schools and community groups in India, South Africa the UK and the Dutch Antilles.

Action Breaks Silence employs local young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds themselves, as trainers and facilitators. We aim to empower them to become ‘Trainers of Trainers’, therefore dramatically extending the reach of our programmes.

What Is Gender-Based Violence?

Gender-based violence is ‘violence that is directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately. It includes acts that inflict physical, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivations of liberty.’ (UN Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, ‘General Recommendations No 19’).

By teaching girls to be empowered and boys to feel empathy, our work ensures sustainable changes in attitudes, reconnecting communities through a united wish to care about the wellbeing and safety of others.

 

Action Breaks Silence employs local young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds themselves, as trainers and facilitators. We aim to empower them to become ‘Trainers of Trainers’, therefore dramatically extending the reach of our programmes.

What Is Gender-Based Violence?

Gender-based violence is ‘violence that is directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately. It includes acts that inflict physical, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivations of liberty.’ (UN Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, ‘General Recommendations No 19’).

By teaching girls to be empowered and boys to feel empathy, our work ensures sustainable changes in attitudes, reconnecting communities through a united wish to care about the wellbeing and safety of others.

To find out more please visit http://www.actionbreakssilence.org